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Lightning (aka Jennifer Pierce) is a fictional superhero from the DC Comics. She is the daughter of Black Lightning and the sister of Anissa Pierce, as well as a member of the Justice Society of America.

She debuted in Kingdom Come #1 (1996) and created by Mark Waid, Alex Ross, Geoff Johns, and Dale Eaglesham. The character appears in animated films, television series, arcade and video games as well as other DC-related merchandise. Jennifer Pierce is portrayed by China Anne McClain in the Arrowverse television series Black Lightning.


Jefferson Pierce grew up in a slum in Metropolis, made good as an athlete, and returned to her old neighborhood to teach at the high school and help the next generation make something of themselves. (Some stories replace Metropolis with Cleveland, Ohio). Finding the neighborhood in the grip of organised crime, she became a costumed superhero equipped with a belt that gave him electrical powers. Later in her career, as so often happens, she developed the ability to manifest the powers without the belt.


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